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Sunday Sports Show Listen Again

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Son of a Preacher Man. Regent Theatre

By Angela Smith

The Preacher Man, as it’s called, was Soho’s hottest music joint, where kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love. The joint’s legendary owner, Simon was famous, not only for his vinyl records but for curing lonely hearts with his  words of wisdom and advice.  Fast forward 50 years and three lovelorn strangers meet on a quest to find ‘the Preacher Man’.

The characters consist of Paul (Michael Howe), a former member of the 60’s in crowd still yearning for a man he met there many moons ago; Alison (Debra Stephenson), a recently widowed teacher with a disturbing crush on her teenage student; and Kat (Diana Vickers), a bereaved millennial heartbroken over a man she’s been rejected by on a dating website but never actually met.

The group arrives  to discover the bar has been converted into a coffee shop by the Preacher Man’s son. What follows is the Preacher Man’s son, Simon, setting out to channel the spirit of his father, helping the lovesick strangers find ‘the look of love’.

Alison and Kat are driven to find the Preacher Man by grief and loneliness, but their back stories are given  little stage time to develop. Both  actresses give strong performances and sing well.

The final act is  lively and Diana Vickers performing admirably as you would expect. Ian Reddington, Debra Stephenson sing well too but Michael Howe, as Paul, a kind and spirited man looking to find an old love, stands out. He generated much feeling and energy in his role and  gave a moving rendition of ‘I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten’, where he recalled falling in love as a young man.

Directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, the show had a feel good factor to it and featured some of Springfield’s most popular songs including ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, ‘Nowhere To Run’, ‘Spooky’ and of course the title track ‘Son of a Preacher Man’.
The plot is a little thin, but it doesn’t stop the enjoyment of singing along with some great tracks.

Tickets are on sale and available from the Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke

Flashdance-The Musical. Regent Theatre

By Angela Smith

Pittsburgh factory worker and welder extraordinaire, Alex Owens, dreams of a better life, a life filled with dance.  Settling for a few nights dancing at Harry’s bar isn’t enough, and she plucks up the courage to apply to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.  She’s also got a new love interest in the form of Nick Hurley, who happens to be the boss’s son.

There are a couple of side plots, like best friend Gloria being drawn into a seedy world of lap dancing and drugs while her comedian boyfriend, Jimmy, is failing to make it big in New York.

As Alex Owens, Joanne Clifton is outstanding. We knew she could dance, but she gave a fantastic vocal performance  Ben Adams as Nick Hurley, is equally outstanding, with pretty good dance moves.  Adams may be more used to  gigs with his bandmates, but he gives a real West End performance in Flashdance The Musical.

When Clifton and Adams sing together it’s excellent their duets of ‘Here and Now’ and ‘Hang On’ are sublime.

From the rest of the cast, Sasha Latoya as Louise, and Colin Kiyani as Jimmy,  stand out.  Of course, the ensemble dancers  take the limelight with some powerful routines.  Matt Cole’s choreography is tight throughout and is a definite highlight of the whole production. While there isn’t a weak link in the chain, special mention has to go to Demmileigh Foster for her dance performance during “I Love Rock and Roll” which was outstanding

Director Hannah Chissick has certainly captured the spirit of the movie, with an industrial style set that utilises steel and digital projections to bring the eighties to life.  Those famous scenes definitely take on a new lease of life when seen live. Flashdance The Musical takes all the best parts of a well loved movie and adds a little extra. With the  likes of “What A Feeling”, “Gloria” and “Maniac”  the show gains great energy.

Although there are darker themes throughout, this is ultimately a feel good musical. The finale is everything it should be and has the whole theatre on their feet.  Quite some feeling.

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL is produced by Selladoor Productions and Runaway Entertainment.

Tickets are on sale and are available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke  

Grease Regent Theatre

By Angela Smith

In this new production,  the original plot is followed but the dialogue doesn’t intrude too much into the music. There are around eighteen numbers,  with some from the movie which were not in the original stage show (notably “Grease” and “You’re the one that I want”) and a couple which were not in the film.

The singing and the dancing is lively and the energy levels are  high throughout. George Olney is excellent  as Teen Angel. He also acts the part of the seedy DJ “Vince Fontaine” with  skill. Tom Senior’s performance of  “Greased Lighting” was the show stopper of the evening. Danielle Hope as “Sandy” gave a professional performance.  Tom Parker is in fact, excellent in his first theatrical role.

The staging was great, the choreography very good and the band  were excellent too.   In the programme there is honesty about the intent of the show “Grease doesn’t have a message, what it’s  really about is having fun”. The show cheers you up and gets everyone feet tapping.  Danny and Sandy’s duet, You’re the One that I Want, was as popular with the audience as you would expect and Louisa Lytton as bad girl Rizzo nailed her solo performance.

The director David Gilmore hit just the right note with a melody of all the favourites to end the colourful and energetic show. It is clear to see how the musical is one of the most successful of all time  and it  may be 40 years on but Grease the Musical is still the one that we want. So dust off your leather jackets, sit back and enjoy.

Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, directed by David Gilmore and choreographed by Arlene Phillips , designed by Terry Parsons, with costumes by Andreane Neofitou.

Tickets are on sale and are available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke   

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